FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2022
EMILYs List Endorses Marie Gluesenkamp Perez for Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Marie Gluesenkamp Perez for election in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Marie Gluesenkamp Perez understands the struggle that Washington’s families are facing when it comes to battling inflation, making ends meet, and fighting to keep control of their own bodies and health care decisions in the face of rampant anti-choice extremism. Perez will be a true champion for Washingtonians in Congress, and EMILYs List is proud to be standing by her in this race. We know she has what it takes to stand up to special corporate interests and never back down.”
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, small business owner, and pro-choice mother running for Congress. Perez has deep roots in Washington State: her great-great-grandfather helped build the state’s Capitol building, and her own parents met at Western Washington University after her father immigrated from Mexico. She now owns an independent auto repair and machine shop with her husband, Dean. They proudly hire their mechanics out of local apprentice programs and pay them a living wage. Perez and her husband face increasing costs for their family, and pay for insurance to cover their infant son but cannot afford coverage for themselves. They take their baby to work with them each day because they lack local affordable options that fit their needs. Perez has said she’s running for Congress because she’s “exactly the kind of working class Washingtonian that has been left behind in this economy and frankly ignored by the political extremes in our nation’s Capitol.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.